THE BLUB, THE DAD & THE UGLY

3 WORLD CUP MO­MENTS WE CAN’T FOR­GET

The Wharf - - World Cup Guide -

1. GAS­COIGNE’S TEARS

Paul “Gazza” Gas­coigne had plenty of mem­o­rable mo­ments at Italia 90. The emo­tional Ge­ordie spear­headed Eng­land’s run to the semi-fi­nals. But against West Germany, the dream fell apart. An in­nocu­ous clash ended with Thomas Berthold rolling on the floor, the ref wav­ing a yel­low card and Gazza in tears, know­ing the book­ing ruled him out of play­ing any part in the fi­nal.

2. BE­BETO ROCKS THE BABY

Brazil­ian striker Be­beto pro­vided one of the tour­na­ment’s most en­dur­ing im­ages with his touch­ing goal cel­e­bra­tion in 1994. His wife had given birth to his son Mattheus just be­fore his de­par­ture for the USA. Af­ter net­ting in the quar­ter-fi­nal win over Hol­land, he ran to the side­line and rocked an imag­i­nary baby to sleep. His son, now 23, is a foot­baller, play­ing for Sport­ing Lis­bon.

3. DUTCH OR PHLEGM-ISH?

The ri­valry be­tween Hol­land’s Frank Ri­jkaard and Germany’s Rudi Voller boiled over in stom­ach-churn­ing fash­ion at Italia 90. Af­ter a se­ries of bad tem­pered run-ins, Ri­jkaard de­cided to get some­thing off his chest... and spat it into Voller’s mul­let. Tired of the pair’s clashes, the ref sent both for an early bath – which Voller was pre­sum­ably glad of when Ri­jkaard again ex­pec­to­rated into his bar­net on the way to the tun­nel. Pass the sham­poo.

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